• Photo contest on gender equality launched

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    April 19,2017 03:00 PM

    The Embassy of Sweden in Vietnam and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism have launched a national photo contest searching for families with good examples of gender equality. It aims to acknowledge and emphasise the importance of shared responsibility in family and domestic life to increase gender equality in Vietnamese society.

    Closing on 15 May, 30 of the best photos will be selected for an exhibition. A winner and runner-up will be chosen by a jury and judging panel and the third prize will be based on votes on the embassy’s Facebook page. First place will receive VND10 million ($440), second place VND8 million ($350), and third place VND7 million ($300). Applicants can send photos directly to the embassy by post or email.

  • HCMC publicises pollution data

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    April 12,2017 12:00 AM

    HCMC has recently been publishing air and water quality indexes on 48 electronic screens around the city, according to the city’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment. The indexes include concentrations of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon dioxide (CO), sulphur dioxide (SO2), and dust. Water quality indexes will include acidity (pH), dissolved oxygen (DO), chemical oxygen demand (COD), and biochemical oxygen demand (BOD). The data for the indexes are collected by 16 automatic monitoring stations being set up at industrial parks, export processing zones, and other places around the city. To be released on a monthly basis, the data will also be available on the websites of the department and its Environmental Protection Agency and the Centre for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis.

  • Non Nuoc, An Bang among Asia’s Top 25 beaches

    Non Nuoc, An Bang among Asia’s Top 25 beaches

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    April 10,2017 02:36 PM

    Two of Vietnam’s beaches were voted among the best in Asia in a recent survey conducted by global travel site TripAdvisor. Non Nuoc Beach in the central city of Danang and An Bang Beach in Hoi An in nearby Quang Nam province were ranked 10th and 25th on the list of the Top 25 Asian beaches in TripAdvisor’s 2017 Traveller’s Choice Awards.

    Many voters said they fell in love with Non Nuoc’s fine white sand and crystal clear waters, adding that the best time to catch the beach is at sunrise or when fishermen set out to sea. An Bang, which also made the Top 25 last year, gives visitors the chance to indulge themselves in simple fishing life, where children get together at sunset to play with kites or just collect shells while waiting for their parents to return from sea. The best time to visit An Bang is between May and September and Non Nuoc between February and August, tourists recommend.

  • Australia & Vietnam strike up visa agreement

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    April 18,2017 12:00 AM

    Australia and Vietnam have recently commenced a reciprocal work and holiday visa program. Every year, 200 eligible Vietnamese applicants, aged between 18 and 30, will be granted visas to Australia for one year to undertake short-term work and studies, and 200 Australians will similarly be able to enter Vietnam to work and holiday. The visa program aims to increase understanding between the peoples of the two countries and contribute to the economic, security and innovation partnerships in place. It will reopen on 1 July every year.

  • Beachside park construction starts in Phu Yen

    Beachside park construction starts in Phu Yen

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    April 10,2017 02:38 PM

    A 1.15-km park running along the beach of south-central Phu Yen province is expected to give the emerging tourist destination a boost upon completion. The park will cover 6 ha along Doc Lap Street in Tuy Hoa city, the provincial capital, with the main attraction being three pedestrian paths and a 4,500 sq m playground paved with granite and basalt. The VND68.5 billion ($3.06 million) park will also feature sculptures and artistic lighting, as well as a parking lot.

    Phu Yen, the easternmost province on Vietnam’s mainland, emerged as a new tourist destination among local people with the release of the movie ‘Toi Thay Hoa Vang Tren Co Xanh’ (Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass) in 2015. It boasts beautiful beaches and Ghenh Da Dia, which has unique basalt columns only found in four places in the world: Phu Yen, Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, Los Órganos in Spain, and Fingal in Scotland.

  • Five-star trains from HCMC to Nha Trang and Phan Thiet start

    Five-star trains from HCMC to Nha Trang and Phan Thiet start

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    April 10,2017 02:34 PM

    The first luxury train trips from HCMC to Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa province and Phan Thiet city in Binh Thuan province have been started by the Sai Gon Railway Transport Co.

    The luxurious trains have modern facilities with attractive interiors. Soft sleeper compartments have four berths, each supplied with pillows, sheets and duvets and an individual reading light. Cabins with comfortable soft seats are adjustable to accommodate just about every angle imaginable and have large areas for baggage. The train also has two restaurants.

    Trains depart HCMC at 8.30pm and arrive in Nha Trang at 5.30am and return from Nha Trang at 7.10pm, arriving in HCMC at 3:28am. Tickets range from VND265,000 ($11.5) to VND423,000 ($118). Trains also depart from HCMC at 6.40am and arrive in Phan Thiet at 10.26am and return from Phan Thiet at 1.10pm and arrive in HCMC at 5.17pm. Tickets range from VND137,000 ($6) to VND187,000 ($8), except on holidays.

  • Con Co Island tourism underway

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    April 15,2017 12:00 AM

    The People’s Committee of the central province of Quang Tri has announced a project to open up tourism to Con Co Island. Tourists can travel to the island by high-speed boat, with round-trip tickets costing VND250,000 ($11) per person.

    Located 30 km off the mainland, Con Co Island is one of the most magnificent islands in the central region due to its diverse ecosystem. Popular activities on the island include swimming, trekking, scuba diving, canoeing, fishing and water sports. Tourists can also visit the hall of tradition, which houses items reflecting the history of the island district’s army and people over the past 55 years, pay tribute to Hill 37 Monument, and visit Ben Nghe - Mom Ho Beach.

  • Kayak tours to clean up Hoi An waterways

    Kayak tours to clean up Hoi An waterways

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    April 10,2017 02:37 PM

    A kayak tour operator has launched trips that will give both local people and foreigners the chance to clean up waterways around Hoi An ancient town in central Quang Nam province. The tours will set out every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning, and cost $10 per person. Kayakers will depart from the Thuan Tinh sandbank near Cua Dai Bridge and head down to the Thu Bon River and the small canals in the nipa palm forest in Cam Thanh commune before reaching Hoi An. While enjoying the beauty of the ancient town and the nipa palm forest, kayakers will also collect rubbish, including plastic bags and bottles, to raise awareness among local people and tourists about keeping Hoi An and its rivers clean and green.

  • Binh Thuan aims to become national sea tourism-sports centre

    Binh Thuan aims to become national sea tourism-sports centre

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    March 06,2017 03:48 PM

    The People’s Committee of the south-central province of Binh Thuan has issued a plan to boost tourism to 2020, aiming to make it a spearhead sector of the province and turning the locality into a national sea tourism and sports centre. It has pursued an ambitious plan to make Mui Ne a national tourism site, Phu Quy Island a national destination, and Phan Thiet city an urban tourism area. The province is blessed with a 200-km coastline and favourable conditions for tourism development and it has effectively tapped its advantages for sea sports and festivals. In 2017 it aims to welcome 5 million visitors.

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